Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday May 26th.            Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)             Happy Reading!             Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy.
$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385352871
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Knopf, 5/2015
Come meet Paolo Bacigalupi in San Diego on June 8th!

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:00pm
The internationally bestselling author of the award-winning Inspector Thomas Lynley series and hailed by Entertainment Weekly as the “queen of the mystery genre,” Elizabeth George has carried her success over to her paranormal YA series. It all began with The Edge of Nowhere, an Agatha and Edgar finalist for Best YA Novel, followed by The Edge of the Water. Now in the third installment, The Edge of the shadows, Becca King and her friends are wondering if a band of newcomers are responsible for a string of fires around Whidbey Island. Becca is also honing her paranormal abilities, thanks to fellow psychic Diana Kinsale. This suspenseful coming-of-age tale has elements of the paranormal, mystery, and romance for both YA fans and adult readers alike.            
$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780670012985
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers, 5/2015

The first fire may have been an accident, but what about the second? And the third—the one that killed someone. Becca King and her friends wonder if one of the newcomers to the island is to blame. Perhaps it’s Isis Martin’s brother, Aidan, just home from a school for troubled teens. Or Parker Natalia, a talented musician fired by his bandmates for unknown reasons. 

Meanwhile, Becca’s education in the paranormal continues, as fellow psychic Diana Kinsale encourages her to explore her growing extrasensory abilities. 

Beautiful Whidbey Island may seem like a tranquil haven, but all is not as it seems. 

The third book in the Whidbey Island saga confirms Elizabeth George’s place as a top-notch writer of suspense novels.

About the Author 

Elizabeth George, described by Entertainment Weekly as “the queen of the mystery genre,” is the author of the bestselling crime novels about Inspector Thomas Lynley. Her books are known for complex plotting, elegant writing, and well-developed characters, all of which she also brings to her novels for teens. 

The first book in the Whidbey Island saga, The Edge of Nowhere, was a finalist for both the Edgar and Agatha Awards. The second book, The Edge of the Water, and the third, The Edge of the Shadows, continue the story in the island setting, which is notable for its beauty and mystery. 

Elizabeth George lives on Whidbey Island.  She says, “Whidbey Island deserves to be ‘someone’ in a story.  I only hope I’ve done it justice."


Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:30pm
Rachel Howzell Hall’s Los Angeles homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton returns with Skies of Ash, the second in this critically-acclaimed series set in South Los Angeles which began with Land of Shadows. Lou and her partner, Colin Taggert, investigate a tragic house fire which killed Juliet Chatman and her two kids. The husband, Christopher Chatman, is devastated he couldn’t save them, but Lou suspects otherwise. She sees through the picture-perfect family façade, although her colleagues suspect her own marital troubles could be clouding her judgment. Kirkus Reviews praises Hall’s second in the series, saying the author “outdoes her stellar debut in an exploration of vile secrets that pays homage to that earlier master of complex California homicide, Raymond Chandler.”      

Skies of Ash (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780765336361
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Forge Books, 5/2015

Los Angeles homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton and her partner, Colin Taggert, arrive at the scene of a tragic house fire. Juliet Chatman perished in the blaze, along with her two children. Left behind is grieving husband and father Christopher Chatman, hospitalized after trying to rescue his family. Chatman is devastated that he couldn't save them.

Unless, of course, he's the one who killed them.

Neighbors and family friends insist the Chatmans were living the dream. But Lou quickly discovers the reality was very different. The flames of adultery, jealousy, scandal, fraud, and disease had all but consumed the Chatmans' marriage before it went up in smoke.

Lou's own marriage hangs by a thread. Soured by the men in her life, Lou is convinced that Chatman started the fire. Her colleagues worry that her personal issues are obscuring her judgment. With very little evidence regarding the fire--and rising doubts about her husband's commitment to monogamy--Lou feels played by all sides.

Was the fire sparked by a serial arsonist known as The Burning Man? Or by the Chatmans' son, who regularly burned his father's property?

Searching for justice through the ashes of a picture-perfect family, Lou doesn't know if she will catch an arsonist or be burned in the process.


Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:30pm
California author M.P. Cooley’s well-received debut, Ice Shear, introduced mystery readers to widowed FBI agent–turned–local cop in upstate New York June Lyons. June returns in Flame Out, facing a welter of crimes involving the volatile Ukrainian-American family of her police partner, Dave Batko. Publishers Weekly noted: “Cooley does well by Ukrainian culture and cuisine, while assuring readers that today’s women cops and perps can both be tougher than their male counterparts.”

Flame Out (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780062300737
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: William Morrow & Company, 5/2015

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:00pm
We'll be in Booth #16133 at the Phoenix Comicon helping you discover your inner geek with authors like Ann Leckie, Beth Cato, Gini Koch, Chuck Wendig, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Wesley Chu, and Pierce Brown! The four-day celebration of popular culture is happening at the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix.        

The Clockwork Crown (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062313980
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Voyager, 6/2015
Narrowly surviving assassination and capture, Octavia Leander, a powerful magical healer, is on the run with handsome Alonzo Garrett, the Clockwork Dagger who forfeited his career with the Queen's secret society of spies and killers and possibly his life to save her. Now, they are on a dangerous quest to fnd safety and answers: Why is Octavia so powerful? Why does she seem to be undergoing a transformation unlike any witnessed for hundreds of years? The truth may rest with the source of her mysterious healing power the Lady's Tree. But the tree lies somewhere in an inhospitable territory known as the Waste. Eons ago, this land was made barren by an evil spell, until a few hardy souls dared to return over the last century. For years, the Waste has waged a bloody battle against the royal court to win its independence and they need Octavia's powers to succeed. Joined by unlikely allies, including a menagerie of gremlin companions, she must evade killers on a dangerous journey through a world on the brink of deadly civil war.

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:30pm
Fantasy novelist and musician Peter Orullian made a strong impact on the genre scene with his 2011 debut, the first volume in the Vault of Heaven, The Unremembered, recently rereleased in an Author’s Preferred Edition. Bowman Tahn Junell, and his allies must wage a war as the magical Veil, sustained by the Song of Suffering,  that protects against invasion by the Quiet – a rogue god and his creations – in Trial of Intentions.  In his day job, Peter works in marketing at Xbox, including leading the Music and Entertainment marketing strategy for Xbox LIVE, and has toured as a featured vocalist internationally at major music festivals.

Trial of Intentions (Hardcover)

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780765325723
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books, 5/2015
The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god--and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind--in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia and the monsters are little more than tales told to frighten children. But the Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. To fight them, the races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures. But there is dissent. One king won't answer the call, his pride blinding him even to the poison in his own court. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. And still others believe Convocation is not enough. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. But their order is divided, on the brink of collapse. Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. One of the few who have actually faced the unspeakable horde in battle, Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He chooses to go to a place of his youth, a place of science, daring to think he can find a way to prevent slaughter, prevent war. And his choices may reshape a world . . . . The second title in the Vault of Heaven series, Peter Orullian's Trial of Intentions is a mesmerizing fantasy epic that turns the conventions of the genre on its head

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 7:30pm
Guest host Laura Akers, Attorney-at-Law, will help MGSD welcome best-selling author Steve Martini for The Enemy Inside – his 13th Paul Madraini legal thriller. In a recent article, Publishers Weekly remarked on Steve’s background: “Martini brings a diverse professional background to his books, having served as an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer, as a legislative representative for the State Bar of California, and as special counsel to the California Victims of Violent Crimes Program.” Compressing time so a lengthy trial fits within the pages of a novel can be difficult, Martini says, but “one way to float the story is with humor. Funny things happen in courtrooms. The novelist who can exploit them in realistic fashion in fiction and do it with flair often has a winning formula. Being accurate about the legal system is important, but when good fiction dictates that this may not be possible, a good laugh may cover your sleight of hand when you are forced to take some liberty.”   This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of The Enemy Inside from Mysterious Galaxy, available May 12th, starting at 10 AM!       If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please come by or call the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.           
$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062328939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: William Morrow & Company, 5/2015
ne of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she's killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore. Alex Ives, a friend of Paul Madriani's daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna's death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident, yet he can't remember anything between the time he left for a party north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next morning. He's still dazed and a little bruised, but also obviously very afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he's sure he didn't kill her. To save an innocent young man's life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can about Serna and her clients--no matter how unsavory--a search that will lead him into a vortex of corruption, and at its center, a devious killer poised to strike again.

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 2:00pm
Mysterious Galaxy was thrilled to be part of the Bouchercon 2014 book room last fall when San Diego’s own Matt Coyle won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel for Yesterday’s Echo. La Jolla PI Rich Cahill is drawn to investigate an eight-year-old case for a young male convict serving time at San Quentin. Publishers Weekly cautions, “Most PIs are hypercompetent and tough, but Cahill is fallible and painfully vulnerable—he keeps on trying to do the right thing. Readers should be prepared for a morally ambiguous ending to this sobering crime novel.” Listen to Matt talk about his new work at Authors on the Air.          

Night Tremors (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781608091492
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Oceanview Publishing, 6/2015
Haunted by a past he cannot flee, Private Investigator Rick Cahill has felt the pain from being wrongly accused of a crime. So, when an attorney asks him to help free an imprisoned man, whom he believes is not guilty of murdering his family, Rick jumps at the chance. The investigation pits him against his mentor, cops who want to put him in jail, and a biker gang that wants him dead. Before Rick can save himself, he must uncover the truth known only to the real killer about what happened one bloody night eight years ago."

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 2:00pm
Internationally renowned comedian, Greg Proops will be signing his cultural dictionary, subtitled A Lexicon of Literary, A Rancorus Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool. Best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”  Proops delivers  a hilarious reference guide for everything from noteworthy names of the ancient world to baseball. In The Smartest Book in the World, Proops uses his signature wit to give you everything you need to know to always be the smartest person in the room. Join us in celebrating Proops’ bold comedic novel based on his sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast that has been downloaded more than nine million times. This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of The Smartest Book in the World from Mysterious Galaxy, available May 5, starting at 10 AM! This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of The Smartest Book in the World from Mysterious Galaxy, available May 5, starting at 10 AM!       If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please come by or call the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.                
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781476747040
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Touchstone Books, 5/2015

From the brazen, bold, and beloved comic and podcast star Greg Proops comes an electrifying, thought-provoking, and unrelenting collection of rapid-fire references, historical name-checking, Satchel Paige bon mots, and genuine wisdom.

The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops's sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast that has been downloaded more than nine million times, in which his "bold, never-boring voice takes center stage"" (The New York Times). "The book is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops's universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball, to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear."

Complete with history's juiciest tales and curious back-stories, Proops expounds on the merits of poetry and proper punctuation, delivering this wealth of information with his signature style and Proopsian panache. An off-beat and exuberant guide to everything, The Smartest Book in the World gives you everything you need to know to always be the smartest person in the room. Well, unless the Proopmaster is there, too.

About the Author

Greg Proops is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which is back on TV on the CW network. Mr. Proopdog has a chart topping podcast called The Smartest Man in the World, which he has recorded live from around the world including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, New Zealand, Finland, Montreal, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Melbourne, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hollywood, a ship off St. Marten, and somehow, Cleveland. The podcast is available at Proopcast.com and on iTunes. Proops has been a voice actor in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and played Bob in Bob the Builder. He has been a guest on @Midnight on Comedy Central; Red Eye; The Late, Late Show; and Chelsea Lately. He lives in Hollywood. It's not that bad, really.


Sun, 05/31/2015 - 3:00pm
Greg Proops signs The Smartest Book in the World at the Great American Comedy Club. Details to come. For tickets and infomrmation visit the Great American Comedy Club's official website.       
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781476747040
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Touchstone Books, 5/2015
Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' and for his popular award-winning podcast, 'The Smartest Man in the World', which Rolling Stone called 'some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now'. But Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all. This book is based on Proops's podcast that has been downloaded more than nine million times, in which his 'bold, never-boring voice takes centre stage'. The book is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops's universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball, to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear.